Coronavirus – Covid-19

As a small, independent funeral company, we feel we have a duty of care not just to our families but to our community and we have been following the Coronavirus outbreak closely over recent weeks. We understand people are concerned and we are fully abreast of all relevant Government guidance and will continue to take every precaution.

What does this mean in practical terms for the the families of those whose loved ones are in our care and the loved ones themselves?

If you want a personal funeral that reflects the unique life of the person who has died, come and talk to us.

Down to earth, simple and unfussy, or highly ornate – but always beautiful – it is the life of the person who has died that guides us, and for this we’ll be led by you and your family.

As you tell us about the life and times of the person who has died, we will begin to plan a funeral with you that is the kind of unique and characterful farewell event that they themselves would have been pleased to attend. You no longer need to follow the old Victorian rules, the ‘default’ model of funeral that we’ve all attended and felt little for. Nor should you have to choose a range of services ‘off the peg’.

We help by knowing the procedures, the choices, the many small ways the funeral can reflect the life and character of the person who has died; and we’ll find a way to include them. This way the funeral can create new – even wonderful – memories, and leave you, your family, and all who were there feeling pleased.

This is where we are different

We will work with you to design and arrange the exact type of funeral that you and your family feel is right for the person who has died. Our aim is to work with you to make it special, and then make it all happen smoothly.

You can have as much – or as little – involvement as you would like at every stage of the process. If you prefer, you can leave everything to our professional team, knowing that it will all be done exactly as you would want.

You can have anything from a traditional burial or cremation service, or simpler – more intimate – forms of these, to a full-on, formal burial at sea.  Simply tell us something of your wishes and thoughts about it all, and we will work with you to plan and arrange the rest of the funeral with you and make sure that it is what you want.

You can contact us at any time for funeral assistance

Whether you have just suffered a death in the family, or if you have someone close who is terminally ill and you just want to talk, you can call us at any time, 365 days a year. We will tell you what you need to do at each stage.

We also offer the option of a pre-payment plan for your funeral arrangements where you’ll know everything is planned and paid for. Your family will know what you wanted, in itself a huge relief, and they won’t have to find the money themselves. A pre-payment plan lowers the overall value of the estate and therefore in some cases can have an impact on inheritance tax.

We are here to help, so please contact us today by calling us on 01453 767 769 or alternatively you can email us.

Family Tree Funeral Testimonials

“It does not seem almost a month ago that we all gathered to say goodbye to J. Family and friends still agree that it was a strangely beautiful day, and beneficial to all of us in our various states of …

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S.D

Frampton on Severn

“It does not seem almost a month ago that we all gathered to say goodbye to J. Family and friends still agree that it was a strangely beautiful day, and beneficial to all of us in our various states of shock and grief. K – J’s friend, thanked us for ‘the proudest moment of his life’ – and it was clearly important to many others that J. had a ‘hands-on’ farewell. Thank you for that.”

S.D

Frampton on Severn

“Incredible, yesterday. Most splendid funeral I have ever attended, and unfortunately I have attended many. Thank you again. I know you made my granddaughter happy. She is a different girl today, mu…

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R

Stroud

“Incredible, yesterday. Most splendid funeral I have ever attended, and unfortunately I have attended many. Thank you again. I know you made my granddaughter happy. She is a different girl today, much more positive, and going back to college next week ……….your “send-off” for her mother did something wonderful for her.”

R

Stroud

“It was a beautiful funeral; I know that if you had not been so flexible and had so many good ideas it would not have been like this. We’ve had lots of feedback from Mum’s friends about what a g…

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Q

Stroud

“It was a beautiful funeral; I know that if you had not been so flexible and had so many good ideas it would not have been like this. We’ve had lots of feedback from Mum’s friends about what a good funeral it was.”

Q

Stroud

“On behalf of my mother, and my wife, I sincerely thank you for all your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion shown to us all before, during, and after Dad’s funeral. I was a deeply emotional t…

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LT

Cashes Green, Stroud

“On behalf of my mother, and my wife, I sincerely thank you for all your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion shown to us all before, during, and after Dad’s funeral. I was a deeply emotional time for us, and your personal assistance helped us enormously. The planning for Dad’s funeral was so trouble free, all thanks to you. We all had no doubts that everything would not run smoothly on the day with you at the helm, and as thought, it did. The layout and contents of Dad’s service sheet just added the final touch to making Dad’s funeral so memorable for us. Thanks again for all your support.”

LT

Cashes Green, Stroud

“I am so glad to have had your kindly and helpful support over the past couple of years whilst I have been preparing for Mum’s death. My sister and I found your gentle, low-key, but professional p…

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Dr. B. W

Malvern

“I am so glad to have had your kindly and helpful support over the past couple of years whilst I have been preparing for Mum’s death. My sister and I found your gentle, low-key, but professional presence during the closing of the coffin – and throughout the funeral – very reassuring, and we both thank you most sincerely for making the experience one of great calm and peace.”

Dr. B. W

Malvern

“We were all extremely happy with your arrangements for Mum’s funeral – she left clear instructions for some of the main details and I believe we complied with them in a dignified and intimate w…

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D.O

Kings Stanley

“We were all extremely happy with your arrangements for Mum’s funeral – she left clear instructions for some of the main details and I believe we complied with them in a dignified and intimate way. I have not attended many funeral ceremonies in my life but I believe we all felt that we could not have done more to make it a more meaningful occasion and one in which we all could make a personal contribution. I think it can be too easy to be a superficial participant. I thank you again for your discrete participation.”

D.O

Kings Stanley

“Thank you once again for all your care, support and concern during the past couple of weeks.”

V.W

Chalford

“Thank you once again for all your care, support and concern during the past couple of weeks.”

V.W

Chalford

“Instead of it being a very sad and stilted occasion, it seemed to me a very natural progression from a very happy life to a well earned rest. Your kind way of steering us all in the right direction, an…

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V.C

Nailsworth

“Instead of it being a very sad and stilted occasion, it seemed to me a very natural progression from a very happy life to a well earned rest. Your kind way of steering us all in the right direction, and ensuring that things ran smoothly without a lot of fuss was very much appreciated. It was very pleasing for us all to be able to play our part under your quiet guidance.”

V.C

Nailsworth

“We want to say how fortunate we feel to have had the pleasure of meeting you, and how confidently we feel that our wishes will be met.”

E.L and B.J

Painswick

“We want to say how fortunate we feel to have had the pleasure of meeting you, and how confidently we feel that our wishes will be met.”

E.L and B.J

Painswick

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautiful as we arranged Dad’s funeral. We could not have been in better hands. We were able to put all our trust in you and you made it a remarkably special d…

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J.C

Avening

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautiful as we arranged Dad’s funeral. We could not have been in better hands. We were able to put all our trust in you and you made it a remarkably special day.”

J.C

Avening

“From the first few word we exchanged on the telephone, it was clear that Family Tree were the people to take care of everything. They dropped round a few minutes later, very quickly understood what I had in mind, and artfully made the…

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W.R

Stroud

“From the first few word we exchanged on the telephone, it was clear that Family Tree were the people to take care of everything. They dropped round a few minutes later, very quickly understood what I had in mind, and artfully made the necessary arrangements. Without their reassuring presence, sensitivity and professionalism, the celebration would not have been the magnificent occasion that it was.”

From his published tribute to B’s life “Then Shall You Truly Dance”

W.R

Stroud

“A rather belated note to say thank you for your help in arranging Mum’s funeral. You listened to all our requests, and responded sensitively and accurately; you helped us make decisions when we dithe…

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C.G

Kings Stanley

“A rather belated note to say thank you for your help in arranging Mum’s funeral. You listened to all our requests, and responded sensitively and accurately; you helped us make decisions when we dithered, and were very patient. On the day, your organization was well planned and unobtrusive. Your choice of other members for your team was great. It was a great funeral. Thank you.”

C.G

Kings Stanley

“My family and I would like to thank you and your company for the way that you handled the interment of my wife’s ashes on Monday last. It wasn’t a day that I had been looking forward to, but after …

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“My family and I would like to thank you and your company for the way that you handled the interment of my wife’s ashes on Monday last. It wasn’t a day that I had been looking forward to, but after I felt at ease that it had finally been done. K and I both agreed that your resume of E’s life and character was done with compassion and sympathy, although you hadn’t met her; also the reading of the poem was perfect, and seemed to reflect the spirit of the day. Our thanks again, and we hope to see you on perhaps a happier occasion.”

“It was a deeply emotional time, a time of healing through which you guided us in the most gentle and supportive way. We are most grateful”

I.C

“It was a deeply emotional time, a time of healing through which you guided us in the most gentle and supportive way. We are most grateful”

I.C

“We would never, ever have done it like this without you”

S.R

“We would never, ever have done it like this without you”

S.R

“Once again a big thank you from me and from all in the family, esp. the old man! It really worked for him! This morning he said “I wonder what the stuffy people thought of it!” with a mischievous c…

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L

“Once again a big thank you from me and from all in the family, esp. the old man! It really worked for him! This morning he said “I wonder what the stuffy people thought of it!” with a mischievous chuckle….giving it his approval….so we managed to bring the opposites together and all were honoured.”

L

“Thank you. Thank you for making what could have been a nightmare very beautiful. You inspired us to be creative and to truly celebrate our daddy openly, and we are all very grateful to you for that…

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H.B

Bath

“Thank you. Thank you for making what could have been a nightmare very beautiful. You inspired us to be creative and to truly celebrate our daddy openly, and we are all very grateful to you for that. It is profound and beautiful to turn sad introspection into theatrical celebration – and that was in fact the essence of our father. He would have loved it! Thank you for your patience and kindness.”

H.B

Bath

Thoughts and news from Family Tree Funerals

The times they are a-changing: church funerals

The times they are a-changing: church funerals

Family Tree do not just ‘do’ humanist funerals or green burials! Not a recent development, but brought home by the three most recent funerals we have arranged. Today we had an extraordinarily beautiful – even exciting - high church funeral in Tewkesbury Abbey. The...

Funeral Car Trouble

Funeral Car Trouble

Gloucester car wash jockey hit the back window with his metal ended lance, which crazed like a rifle shot as we were transporting the empty coffin to where the person was at rest an hour before the funeral. Despite clear film overlaid there was glass everywhere and an...

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Ever keen to raise awareness of end of life issues, Family Tree Funerals are hosting an event and taking part in this week long national awareness-raising event;  around the country events will be taking place which aim to get death, dying and bereavement to be taken...

Contact us at any time for funeral assistance

We will work with you to design and arrange the exact type of funeral that you and your family feel is right for the person who has died. 
Our aim is to work with you to make it special, and then make it all happen smoothly.

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